THEME SONG: “Home Again” by Micheal Kiwanuka
We watched the elephants for over two hours. At the pivotal moment of river crossing, the video shows obvious communication: audible rumbling, vibrational signaling, and the matriarchal trumpet and crocodile warning that makes the group fall back. Eventually, there is a final ceremonious crossing with the eley calves at the protective center. Wildlife herd behavior is an excellent display of coherence, in which subtle individual cues lead to a group behavioral dynamic that benefits all. The harmony in which they cross is beautiful to experience.
This type of “physiological synchronization” is cited among evolutionary anthropologists as a key factor in human health and survival as well. We are constantly communicating with one another in subdued ways through facial expressions, body language, even biochemically. Social coherence, especially when individuals are emotionally in tune with one another, drives the cooperative actions of the group. When positively engaged it produces a symphonious relationship.